Modular Locomotive System

By building it yourself, not only are you saving money, but you will also have the satisfaction of producing your own working model. We offer three steam locomotives, two different tenders, a diesel electric chassis and even tools to help you build them.

Steam Locomotives

Tenders

Diesel Locomotives

Tools


Steam Locomotives

Fowler, Katie, Lady Anne, George and Billy locomotives in kit form

Fowler Katie Lady Anne George Billy
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HBK1 kit contents

Illustration shows HBK1 0-4-0 chassis kit for Billy, Katie and George locomotives.

The full set of kits builds up into either a 'Fowler' 'Katie', 'Lady Anne' 'George' or 'Billy', however being modular, you don't have to buy the whole lot at one time. You can buy each kit separately and build up at your own speed.
You don't even have to buy a full set of kits, you may want just the chassis and fit your own boiler and body, or a chassis and boiler then build your own body to suit, it's as flexible as you make it.
We also offer the four wheeled tender as used on the George or Fowler locomotives in kit form for those who wish to build an alternative tender.

Building a steam locomotive is not the easiest of projects, but our kits contain all the necessary parts together with detailed instructions and require only basic tools for assembly.
No machining is necessary though a small number of holes may require drilling.

HBK3 BIlly boiler kit
HBK3 boiler kit for 0-4-0 'Billy' locomotive

Pressure vessels are supplied fully built, tested and certified and only require the relevant fittings screwing on. The bodywork is in 'etched brass' form and requires soft soldering. Difficult shapes are pre-formed for you and any folding required is done with the help of 'fold lines', etched into the brass.

HBK5 BIlly body kit
HBK5 body kit for 0-4-0 'Billy' locomotive

These are not 'build it in one evening' kits, however any average modeler with care and patience can build a model to be proud of.
Painting of all items is left to the builder.
Chassis kits can be supplied with insulated wheels if specially requested. This will enable the loco to operate with track pickup electric locomotives without shorting out the electrics. An extra charge is made for this feature.

Please note that kits include all necessary parts, but do not include the following.

These are available as extra enhancements if required.

The following kits are now available :-

Fowler

Katie

Lady Anne

George

Billy

If you find the thought of assembling your own chassis a little daunting but still want to build something a little different, then we do offer ready built and tested chassis or chassis/boiler assemblies for you to add your own bodywork to.

See Home Builder Parts.

You can use the chassis or chassis boiler kits as a basis for your own project and here are the basic sizes of both 0-4-0 and 0-6-0 to help you decide if they are suitable.

Billy 0-4-0 chassis boiler
Billy 0-4-0 chassis/boiler (HBK1 and HBK3)

Katie 0-4-0 chassis boiler
Katie/George 0-4-0 chassis/boiler (HBK1 and HBK16)

0-6-0 chassis boiler
0-6-0 chassis/boiler (HBK2 and HBK4)

0-6-2 chassis boiler
0-6-2 chassis/boiler (HBK20 and HBK21)

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Tenders

These are intended for general use to go behind any locomotive that you fancy - whether it looks right or not is upto the individual. We can also supply a drawbar and dragbeam for easy coupling to the loco, if required.

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Diesel Locomotive Kits

HBK-D1

Our first offering in the diesel range is a self assembly chassis kit for the 0-6-0 chassis as used on our Criccieth Castle locomotive.
It is aimed at the builder who wants a powerful, battery electric chassis onto which they can then build their own bodywork.

HBK-D1 chassis kit

The kit builds into an 0-6-0 with dummy jackshaft drive and includes a high quality Buhler motor with worm and wheel geared drive and dummy spring detail.

It is supplied in component form with full assembly instructions and is unpainted It does not include batteries or controller but we can also supply these if required - see Locoglyde speed controller

HBK-D2

One of our latest offerings in our diesel kits range is our 0-4-0 chassis based on freelance design.

This versatile frame and powerful motor will provide an excellent base for any builder looking to create their own diesel or steam-outline locomotive on quality Roundhouse parts.

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HBK-D2 chassis kit
HBK-D2 chassis kit HBK-D2 chassis kit

The parts are supplied unpainted in component form and include full instructions. The specifications are as follows:

HBK-D3

One of our latest offerings in our diesel kits range is our 0-6-0 chassis based on freelance design.

This versatile frame and powerful motor will provide an excellent base for any builder looking to create their own diesel or steam-outline locomotive on quality Roundhouse parts.

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HBK-D2 chassis kit
HBK-D2 chassis kit HBK-D2 chassis kit HBK-D2 chassis kit HBK-D2 chassis kit

The parts are supplied unpainted in component form and include full instructions. The specifications are as follows:

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Tools

We now offer soldering torches and clamps for assembling bodywork.

Micro gas torch.
Clarke butane powered micro torch.
Ideal for soft soldering and its refillable with a built in igniter.
Also includes soldering iron tip.

Self lock 'C' clamp
VICE-GRIP small locking 'C' clamp.
For clamping seams etc. whilst soldering bodywork or generally holding things together, a very useful tool.
2" maximum jaw opening, 6" overall length.

Multi-tool
ROUNDHOUSE MULTI-TOOL

All of the above are used in our factory in production so we know they are good.

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